Thursday, August 22, 2013

Save Our Planet

How hard easy can it be?

This is my second of two green challenges. The first one is here: 

Thanks for stamping by!

:-) Bibi

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Green Challenge #1

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies.

Green is one of my least favorite colors, but I'm a sucker for challenges and took it upon myself to use green this time ... And boy, was the background green before I painted the stamped images! Eww!! (Sorry, no before-photo. I was in shock after an overdose of grrrreeeen and didn't think of shooting one...)

I made the green background using my home-made ink sprays (reinkers mixed with water) on watercolor paper, then added some pieces of torn tissue paper* for texture on the left side of the background, some stenciling with a chessboard pattern and green Silks Acrylic Glaze from LuminArte (lots of shimmer!), and a stencil with lines on the right side (see close-up photo below).*The tissue paper I added for texture was already green in a variety of hues. When I use ink sprays or paint, I always keep a roll of cheap kitchen paper nearby to dab off the wet areas, wipe of my paint brushes, or to clean my table, and I always, always hang the tissue paper up to dry in case I might need it later ... It's just too colorful and pretty to toss! (Yup, even the green one ...)

The calligraphy stamp is from Quietfire Design. The flower stamps are from Stubby Stampers.
The white dots were made with Artline 400XF PaintMarker. I used to wonder how people made their  perfectly white dots, so I thought I'd let you know what I use, now that I have found one that actually works!

Here's a close-up photo of the lines I made, using a stencil on the right side of the background. The ink sprays produce a matte finish, and I like the contrast between matte and the shimmer from Silks Acrylic Glaze. The stamped images are colored in using Twinkling H2O's (also from LuminArte), which is another lovely shimmer paint (watercolors with mica) that comes in a huge selection of vivid, saturated colors. I'm in luuuuv with H2O's!

The flourishes around the edges (rubber stamp from Cherry Pie) are stamped with Twinkling H2O's. I smeared some H2O's on my work table (my favorite palette) and dabbed the stamp into it to pick up the paint. 

The photos do not do the shimmer of the Silks and H2O's justice. They are truly amazing.

Ribbit, ribbit!

OK... so I've used green. Can I go back to purple, turquoise, and earth tones now, please? Actually, it was quite fun to take a small step outside of my comfort zone,  and you may have noticed the headline: Green Challenge #1, so yes, there will be a #2! After all - if nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies ... so I might as well make a few changes in the colors I use ... and see what happens.

Which is YOUR least favorite color? I dare you to use it and show me the result! ;-)
(Feel free to leave a link to your masterpiece in the comment field)

Oh, and I made a mistake on one of the flowers .... did you notice? (Mistake as in that I forgot something, but I'm going to leave it that way).

Thanks for stamping by!

(And for the first time in history, I will sign off with my name in ... gasp ... green!)
Green rubber stamps???

Monday, August 5, 2013


WYSIWYG  is an acronym for "What You See Is What You Get". In computing, a WYSIWYG editor is a system in which content (text and graphics) displayed onscreen during editing appears in a form closely corresponding to its appearance when printed or displayed as a finished product, which might be a printed document, web page, or slide presentation (quote Wikipedia).

Often, we humans apply WYSIWYG in meeting with other humans ... A first impression, what is it really? What can a first encounter with someone else really tell us about that person? It can tell us some, yes (she has grey hair and blue eyes, for instance), but how much of WHO that person is can we know? Not much. Yet, we often base our opinion about someone by our first impression. A second or third won't give you the full picture either. In fact, you may have known someone for your entire life and you still cannot see everything ...

What You See IS NOT What You Get .....

BUT ......... Admit it ... Life would be unbearably boring without me.

This page came about after a challenge on a FB group I belong to. The challenge was to grab a background and alter it with layers. As with a human being, there are layers upon layers here, and so much else going on that the original background is hardly visible any more ... I added a few clues about who I am; some humor, some love, text, some of my fave colors ... and yet:

What you see is but the surface. 

And, interestingly enough (I think), if 10 people were to look at this surface (or me), I'd get 10 different opinions about it.  Am I any of those 10 perceptions? Perhaps all, perhaps none... After all, WYSINOTWYG ;-)

And with that, I wish you all a fabulous week! Hurray, it's Monday!! :-D